When you put your students’ emotional wellbeing into consideration, it will make your work a lot easier and more effective. Most times, their emotional state determines how fast and deep they will learn what they are being taught.
And please, don’t ever think they are too small to know what struggle is. Most of these students are facing a lot, ranging from broken homes, to peer pressure, fear of failure, low self-esteem, molestation, bitterness, family problem, health issues, and more, which might make life too cumbersome for them to balance with their academics, thereby making them emotionally unstable.
Sometimes, if not always, you need to approach them like a mother/father from the heart of love and not the almighty teacher they see you as.
It’s a strategy tested and trusted. I have used it and it has worked, solving issues that have been major complaints about them by others.
Remember, the fact that they are students doesn’t take away their emotions, and life has thrown so many things at them that they are not able to handle well at their stage.
Let your teaching go beyond just teaching a subject. Teach them who they should be in light of greatness. Instil the right cause of life into them. Use your influence over them to change the wrong mentality that has been instilled into them. Build them to become giants. Let the weakest among them be as strong as David.
Your prayers to them as a teacher carries value. Speak life into your students. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue..……” Your words can either speak life, or your words can speak death. Our tongues can build others up, or they can tear them down. Choose wisely by speaking life, dear teacher.
I understand that they can be annoying and stubborn sometimes, but they may just need a positive word to reset their brain. And by the way, your insults can’t make happen the positive change you desire in them. So, why not pray for them instead? Prayer works!
Let them be able to see you in the future, and mention their success story without your name missing from it. You’re a life builder. Always check what you’re building and see if, after years to come, they will still be strong and stand in the value you have impacted into them.
Always remember, you’re MORE THAN A TEACHER!
I celebrate you, always.
©Onifade Joy Olaronke
Educator | Teen Builder | Seasoned Writer